landlord requested that i put utilities in my name and pay the elect.. costs previously covered by him.

we are on a month to month commercial lease, i accepted his passing on of these costs.i lease three commercial offices which make up approximately half of the rentable space on the top floor of the building. what bothers me is his insistence that i be responsible even for any potential new tenants that rent the other half of my floor. it seems strange that i must collect money each month and be responsible for another businesses' use of electricity.
In Leasing Property - Asked by mike s. - May 5, 2013
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Thomas E. A.
Broker/Agent
Lake Havasu City, AZ

You might agree to pay your share of the utilities of that floor if it is separately metered, but collecting from other tenants is out of the question. You have no contract with other tenants and this would be highly unusual. Sounds like your landlord wants you to be his property manager for free? What happens when one of the other tenants decides to move or just not pay their share? RUN.

May 6, 2013
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Adebo F.
Owner/Investor
New Castle, PA

You should review the contract that you signed with him and reject any verbal pressure that he is now putting you

May 7, 2013
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Jason P.
Owner/Investor
Costa Mesa, CA

the answer is no. don't do it. that's BS as they say in french. to take it another step: find another building to lease; don't lease from this landlord any further. get out. you are dealing with a shotty landlord.

May 10, 2013
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